ORAS April Meeting features talk by Director of Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative

Please join us for our monthly meeting where Lauren Muller from the Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative will discuss her experience working with invasive plants and share tips on controlling invasive species in our community. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. See below for details.

Invasive plants can wreak havoc on native birds by replacing native vegetation that they need for food, shelter and nesting. Although complete removal of invasive species may not always be an option, there are methods for controlling the amount and further spread. Lauren will discuss her experience restoring native plant communities and share tips on how to control invasive plants in our own backyards.   

Muller joined the Athens Land Trust after graduating from UGA with an M.S in Horticulture. Her previous work at the State Botanical Garden focused on the role of horticulture in plant conservation and she has a passion for Georgia’s diverse plant communities. Her current role as Invasive Plant Management Coordinator allows her to preserve the integrity of Georgia Piedmont forests and grasslands by increasing removal of invasive plant species on public and private land. Additionally, Lauren promotes community engagement through outreach, education, and youth program development.

The meeting will be held in the Nature Center’s Education and Visitor Center, 205 Old Commerce Road off U.S. Highway 441 north of Athens. To reach the center from the Loop 10 bypass, exit at U.S. Highway 441/Commerce Road and turn north toward Commerce. Go approximately a mile, turn left at the Sandy Creek Nature Center sign and go to the end of the road. Turn left at Old Commerce Road; parking for the Education and Visitor Center will be on the right.